Friday, January 28

Recycled art as metaphor

This artist/designer buys old stuffed animals at thrift stores, turns them inside out, and calls them "Vintage Characters." They reflect "unhappy people searching inwardly for happiness" (nothing intrinsically wrong with exploring one's inner life -- therapy is good) When they are inside-out, Wilson (the artist) goes on to say, "their smiles disappear, the true colours disappear, and the ability to listen to others seems gone -- most vintage characters lose their ears in the transformation process." He believes people would be happier if they reached out to others.

hmmm... there is some truth to it, though I don't buy his philosophy entirely. But personally, I think they look really cool, and sorta sad. Check it out:
Recycled Vintage Characters